Season 38

Original Air Date:
August 13, 2007

Brought to you By:
F, L and 8

Educational Goal:
Literacy

Word on the street: Squid
Squid are fast swimmers who live in the ocean. They have three hearts, eight arms, and two long tentacles. When trying to confuse their predators, they release a cloud of dark ink that allows them to get away.

Episode Summary

Alan and Elmo are reading a book in Hooper's store when suddenly a pirate ship and three pirates appear. The pirates call themselves the Bookaneers because they love to read and they love books! They love books so much, they want to take Elmo's book. When Elmo tells them he love his book too, the pirates invite him to become a Bookaneer, but first he'll have to pass the Bookaneer test.

First, Elmo has to dress like a pirate and then he has to say the alphabet with a giant squid! Next he has to find three words that start with the pirates' favorite letter, the letter "F." While dancing to the pirate jig Elmo finds "food," and "fork." Then as he accidentally falls to the ground, he thinks of the third word, "fall."

The final part of the Bookaneer test is to find the pirates' treasure. Elmo follows the directions on the pirates' map and find the letter "L" on Sesame Street, which marks the spot! The map leads them to a sign that reads, "Library." Elmo recognizes that "L" is the first letter in the word "Library," and learns that the pirates' treasure, as well as shelves and shelves of books, await him inside!